Salty Scot | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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Salty ScotSalty Scot

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Building upon a Scottish "Wee Heavy", this unique beer was developed to provide a strong caramel malt flavour with enough salt to give it a bit of a bite. Stronger in alcohol, this beer starts off sweet but remains fairly light to drink.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Clear brown ruby in color with very thick frothy light tan head, it stands with pretty good retention and gradually dissipates to a long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaves some lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Very malty aroma of rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, sweet candy, biscuit, bread, and brown sugar. There is also a suggestion of mild fruitiness, slight hint of sea salt, and slight spice in the background.

Still lots of malty goodness dominates the palate sensation with notes of rich caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, sweet candy, biscuit, bread, and brown sugar while sea salt adds some crisp and salty touch in the middle. Hop is muted with only just some faint fruitiness. The end and aftertaste is quite lasting with caramel sweetness and lightly toasted profile.

Medium body with some crisp and low to medium carbonation through the palate, it is proper and enough to carry all the things well under smooth mouthfeel and dry finish.

The best description to this is malt and malt and malt. Malt is everywhere with immense caramel profile along with some touch of sea salt to give it a bite. Great to enjoy chill not too cold.

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Photo of dillybarrrrr
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Salty Scot poured from a 650mL 7.5% bottle to a tulip. No bottling date
Been hesitant to pick this one up due to its description and me not being a fan of winter beers. Gave in due to it being parallel 49 being my fave brewery
L: First off i gave this a pretty rough pour that would usually give most beer a half a glass of head. It turned out to only give me about a finger, or a thick finger at most. Look is quite unique, not as light as a honey based beer but not dark as a porter or stout. Very unique, intriguing.
S: Thiiiiccckk caramel smell, scratch that, burnt caramel. Hints of honey and chocolate
T: The thick caramel smell blends into a very balanced taste, a touch of sweet, due to the chocolate more than caramel imo. Some reason picking up purple grapes/red wine flavor not much but a bit.
Feel: Very generic, just winter-y, nothing special, the most lackluster part of the beer
Finish: Very light despite the color suggesting otherwise.
OV: Very surprised actually wish i would have picked it up sooner would have again and will stop avoiding the 12pk with this as the guest. pick one up before winter is over.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Parallel 49 Brewing 'Salty Scot' @ 7.5% , served from a 341 ml bottle Day 15 Seasons Greetings
A-pour is a light amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a small creamy tan head that is leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-salty , caramel
T-salty , dark & malty , slight burnt sugar/caramel on the swallow
MF-ok/mild carbonation , feels full bodied , slight dryness lingering on the palate
Ov-a thick , salty caramel , malty scotch ale , worth trying
prost LampertLand

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Photo of donspublic
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tulip, nice 2 finger tan head, recedes after a minute, nice lacing. Dark reddish amber in the glass, clear but dark. Smells of sweet malt. Taste initially of caramel/toffee sweetness, dark fruit (raisin, prune) with mild bitterness and a semi sweet finish with a touch of saltiness. Nice take on a Scotch Ale, got this in a shipment and will enjoy the remaining 2

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stereotypes always depict the Scottish with red hair and Salty Scot's fair auburn highlights do nothing to quell that perception (although at least it's not wearing a kilt). The coppered complexion straddles the boundary between clear and hazy but is very vibrant. Its head, on the other hand, is shall we say much more 'dispirited' and can't even be bothered to leave lace.

Despite its name, Salty Scot is far from aggressive or boisterous. In fact, it's surprisingly shy on personality, especially in the aroma. Clean, concentrated maltiness is first and foremost (as it should be) and, caramelly notes notwithstanding, it doesn't smell especially sweet (nor should it) and yet, while stylistically solid, it leaves something to be desired...

But I'm hard-pressed to think of what's missing. The combination of crystal, Munich and chocolate malts ensures toasty, nutty undertones in addition to that crunchy caramel flavour. Sea salt, really only noticed on the finish, nonetheless compliments the sweetness in the aftertaste (and makes for a bit of a pretzel flavour). Again, from a technical standpoint, it's on point.

Consider that Wee Heavy is a caramelly-sweet style to begin with - you'd expect the addition of actual caramel to put things over the top. Fortunately, you'd be mistaken. Credit to the brewer for using enough hops to prevent things from getting cloying or syrupy (cardinal sins for any style, especially this one). They've done a marvelous job at hiding the 7.5% alcohol too.

Parallel 49 may take Salty Scot away in the warmer months... but they'll never take OUR FREEDOM!!! Sorry, had to do it. Seriously though, this is a fine winter seasonal and, despite my initial presumption, isn't the least bit gimmicky. It may be geared more towards the general consumer and is hence a little "tepid" but it's still a worthwhile and well-brewed recipe.

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Photo of gerite
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich amber/caramel color with a light tan head. Leaves good lacing but not much carbonation. Drinking by itself brings out the sea saltiness. Pairing with salty snacks like nuts, chips or pretzels brings out the caramel flavor. This would be a great Scottish Ale for the beach. If you like sweet and salty, this beer is for you.

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Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark copper in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lots of caramel, toffee, cracker, and light salt on the finish as the beer warms. Would have liked to have more salt added as I think it would have worked well. Overall this makes and above average and tasty Scottish ale. I prefer others in the style, but this is one I would get again.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, caramel, a bit of salt. Taste is the same. Lots of caramel malts, some salt, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love a 7+% scotch ale in a CAN! Comes w/o any freshness/canning date info.

Pours near clear brownish auburn, medium khaki cap, leaves a full film thicker collar and some spotty lacing.

Mild caramel and dark malt nose.

Tasty brown ale/wee heavy, malty, caramel notes, smooth and flavorful...if I think hard enough I get a salt note...well worth a try

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Photo of gopens44
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Foamy beige head with generous lacing rides this unmuddled and dark brown beer.

Nose has a ton of almond with a sharp sweetness to it before cherry becomes the evolution of the aforementioned almond.

Taste follows the nose with all the cherry but I certainly can pick up a balancing saltiness. Not overpowering whatsoever but there nonetheless. There's a tartness hiding there as well.

Body goes oddly from syrupy to thin pretty quick. Finish is not too horribly dry, but maybe a bit.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Very fresh.
Deep amber colored body with excellent clarity and a good head.
Sweet aroma features caramel and vanilla. The flavor follows. sweet but not cloying.

Medium carbonation with near medium body.

Overall: very drinkable. Should be an excellent dessert beer. Recommended.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.5% abv, 17 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - copper brown clear, with thin head.
S - banana, vanilla, toffee, sweet caramel, chocolate, dried dark fruit, raisin, kinda like VIB ice bock.
T - well carbonated, surprisingly smooth with intense flavor! u definitely can taste the saltiness, really complex favors, followed by chocolate & caramel malty bready, lingering aftertaste.
O - it's a delicious beer, interesting combination of salt n caramel, n turns out fantastic! 7.5% hidden well. another great brew from P49! good value, worth to try, WILL probably get it again.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice color. Caramel taste. Very smooth. The type of flavor I like in a beer, but no pizazz. No head. Nothing special but worth a try. Hint of that scotch barrel aged taste.

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Photo of buckyp
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear ruby brown with light carbonation. Small tan head quickly dissipates with no traces of lace. Not much going on for me on the nose. Some maltiness with hints of light caramel. Enjoyed the flavor. Caramel is definitely the major flavor but without being cloyingly sweet. No peatiness that I usually find in a Scottish Ale. Malts are not heavy but present. Salt but not like as heavy a dose as a gose. Fair hop crispness. No heat from alcohol. Sweetness increases on the palate late and as beer warms.

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Found a bottle of this in my area a few months ago despite it being a far western Canadian product from a brewery I had never seen or heard of before. It was at a reasonable price, in a style I usually like, so I took a chance. Shared with my forty year old daughter at dinner tonight. She liked it.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a: Clear amber with a thin white head which receded to spotty surface foam and lacing.

s: Caramel malt and alcohol.

t: Follows the nose with the caramel flavor accentuated, strong and sweet. Mellows later,

m: Medium, good body and light carbonation tingle.

o: An unusually sweet-flavored ale despite the added sea salt added. More Scottish than Scotch Wee Heavy, made a good dinner accompaniment with chicken; as a sipper, probably not quite so much.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $9.00 at Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown-amber body with a smallish, ring-forming collection of off-white bubbles.

Smell: A sugary, sweet-scented nose atop caramelized maltiness, a vibrant fruitiness running throughout and a little sniff of alcohol.

Taste: As implied by the nose, it's sugary, it's sweet with a strong candyish quality (though not an overtly rich-tasting caramel flavor) ahead of the toasty, bready malts. A little vanilla. Plump grape, red berry fruitiness, a little tangy and carried through the finish. Sugary, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a wee bit sticky. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I'd hoped for a fine scotch ale and hoped it to be bolstered by a tasty salty caramel bent. I'm not sure either hope was really well realized.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: caramel malts, maple sweet, nutty, spiced, hint of salty, wood notes ad well. Bready spiced nose.
Copper/Brown semi opaque with a tan delicate lattice to head. Medium/full body. 17 IBUs

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Photo of Svingjo
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich copper almost Amber hue with a thick beige head that doesn't completely dissapate. There is a rich caramel vanilla note along with a rum barrel afternote. The vanilla comes through on the taste along with a nice bready note. The carbonation is quite light, not quite nitro smooth but pretty close.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark amber brew with plenty of foam in the tall Kolsch glass. Interesting warm malty aroma.

Sweet and woody with a touch of smoke. Caramel is the dominant taste. Dark and tangy finish. Candy! From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a bit like root beer. Didn't get a big head out of it.

Rich toffee, caramel nose with sweet candied fruit hints.

Taste follows the nose but with the added salt and a very discernible sweet caramel presence. Could beer a desert beer. The salt and caramel are so pronounced it could be seen as tasting artificial but I'm really digging it.

Feel is low carbonation. A bit buttery but not coating.

It was what I expected. A sweet and salty wee heavy. Not my first choice when I want the style, but definitely will come back to this when I want something decadent.

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Photo of Auraan
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a semi-clear reddish brown with one finger of off-white head. A very good appearance, quite true to style. Scents of caramel, chocolate. sweet berries, a light saltiness and hints of molasses. Overall impression of aroma is of an odd scotch ale, fruitier than many, but with caramel present as is usual. The saltiness is an interesting addition. Not as richly malty as it should be however, which is a demerit. Flavor begins malty with notes of caramel, molasses, and a noticeable berry presence and plum and dried fruit esters with an extremely light saltiness. Middle continues these flavors but adds a light bittersweet chocolate flavor. Finish is lightly dry with notes of lightly roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate coming to the fore, yet with the aforementioned flavors also still present in lower levels, and a slight touch of alcohol apparent. Aftertaste is light roasted malt, caramel, bready malt and light coffee. Overall impression of flavor is of a scotch ale, at a light level, with a bit of the advertised salt and a lot less malt than is typical for the style. Still quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light carbonation and a slightly thick feel with a smooth alcohol present. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good light end scotch ale, true to form. Overall this is an okay scotch ale. The flavor could use more work, and the aroma is good, but not as good as some. Still pretty good.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Winooski Beverage.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear toasted amber brew. Dense head lasts well, with thick lasting lace. Aroma is dark fruits.

Taste is caramel upfront, tart cherries in the middle and through the close. Smooth mouthfeel, and drinkability isn't as easy as I hoped. Lacks for me the melding of flavors. Maybe it'll grow on me as I finish the bottle.

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Photo of Matonika
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: it is full of chunks of something. Being that they use caramel it could be milk solids or yeast.
S: Buttery, sweet malt like, smells like mashing in.
T: Is sweet but not over the top the caramel tastes kinda like diacetyl kinda plain it is not popping for me.
F: thick and chunky
O: I would pass on this it tastes artificial.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a hazy amber, the head is a cream cold. Head retention is okay -- left with a film and lots of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Very light lacing, and I mean VERY light.

Aroma: Sea salt, pretzels, roasted nuts, caramel.

Taste: Very sweet caramel up front, but the salt comes in with a punch, and it tastes excellent. Some booze in the finish, but otherwise a salty caramel pretzel kind of feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is so tasty. Could be a good dessert beer, but a bomber anytime is perfect. I love the salt and caramel, perfect amount of each.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was hoping for more of a "dessert in a glass" type of beer since the salted caramel is more of a complementary addition to the malt. Still, solid for what it is.

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